Western & Southern Open: Day 3 Review

First on Center Court on Monday was American Mardy Fish and German Philip Kohlschreiber. The 31 year American, fighting back from a long bout of injuries and illnesses, struggled all match to get anything going on Kohlschreiber”s serve. The two men traded breaks in the first set to send the match to a first set tiebreak. Kohlschreiber held onto an early minibreak to take the tiebreak 7-5. The second set was not as close as the first, as Kohlschreiber broke Fish”s first and second service games to coast to a 6-2 second set. Kohlschreiber will take on 5-time champion Roger Federer in the second round.

Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova faced off in the first round next on Center Court, a match featuring two former Grand Slam champions receiving a lot of buzz coming into Monday. But Stosur was to have none of it, jumping all over Kuznetsova in the first set, racing to a 5-0 lead before winning the first set 6-1in just under 30 minutes. Kuznetsova settled into the match towards the end of the first set and played Stosur very closely throughout the second set. In the eleventh game of the set, the No. 11 seed Stosur broke Kuznetsova to take a 6-5 lead before serving out the match at 6-1, 7-5.

The final day session match on Center Court featured two Top 30 players as Sam Querrey and Janko Tipsarevic squared casino online off in a battle of big service games. The first set was very business-like, with neither player seeing a break opportunity on other”s serve, as it went to a first set tiebreaker. Querrey needed just one early minibreak to take the tiebreak 7-5. The second set was much like the first with very little break opportunities until the eighth game when Tipsarevic broke Querrey”s serve to take a 5-3 lead and held to take the second set 6-3. Querrey had his opportunities to break serve early and often in the third and final set before double faulting to give Tipsarevic the break and a 3-2 lead. Tipsarevic again made that single break to hold on for the third set at 6-4. Tipsarevic advances with a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win.

The night session featured an intriguing matchup on young gun talent with Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard facing off against Puerto Rico’s Monica Puig out on small Court 4. Despite Bouchard racing to a 5-1 lead off two breaks of serve, the first set was closer than the 6-3 score line as both women traded blows from the forehand and backhand sides. The second set saw an early flurry of breaks of serve in the games that again favored Bouchard, serving at 3-2. Bouchard would have several more opportunities to break Puig’s serve but could not capitalize, instead relying on her own steady game to serve out the match for the 6-3, 6-4 win. Up next for Bouchard is top-ranked Serena Williams.

The final match of the evening featured veteran and wildcard entry James Blake and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Blake did well throughout the match to combat Janowicz’s massive serve, which topped out at 140 mph tonight. Playing like it was 2002, James Blake raced to a 6-1 first set in just under 30 minutes on 14th ranked and No 16 seed Janowicz. The second set was much closer as both men were unable to break the other’s serve for much of the set. In the eleventh game of the set, Blake capitalized on this eighth break opportunity to take a 6-5 lead and serve for the match. Unlike his previous service game, where Janowicz saw four break points, Blake took care of business and served out the match for a 6-1, 7-5 win.

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